The weather didn't set any gold standards, but it was still quite the Silver anniversary for the Vermont City Marathon.
About 85-hundred athletes taking to the starting line this morning in front of battery park. That includes 60 or so runners that were not able to finish last month's Boston Marathon.
It was a dog fight for the overall win. 4-time champ Matt Pelletier and Chris Zablocki, of Essex, CT Battling throughout. Zablocki makes his move in the final miles of the race and goes on to win his first VCM in a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 25 seconds. He beats Pelletier by about 36 seconds and clocks in the third fastest time in VCM history.
On the women's side, After a year off, Heidi Westover was back to take what's hers. The Walpole, New Hampshire native leading from start to finish. I mean no one was even close. 2 hours, 42 minutes and 1 seconds. It's her 6th Vermont City Marathon win and no better time to do it than on the 25th anniversary.
The first Vermonter today was actually the first athlete to cross the finish line. Putney's Alicia Dana wins the hand cycle division in a time of 1 hour, 39 minutes and 53 seconds. In her second VCM, She becomes the first female to win the hand cyclist division and is the fastest female handclaps to ever complete the course. Dana is a member of the U.S Paralympic team.
For the second straight year, The first Vermont male to finish first is Saxtons River's Josh Ferenc. He is coming back after battling bacterial meningitis over the winter. His time 2 hours, 32 minutes and 18 seconds.
The first female Vermonter to cross the finish line was Abbey Kaknes of Burlington. The former UVM soccer and ice hockey player finishing in a time of 3 hours, 22 minutes and 6 seconds. She finished third last year.
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